• ID2ID Program to Connect Instructional Designers Nationwide

    Sometimes grassroots ideas spread like wildfire--even in higher education. What began as an organic movement within Penn State’s instructional design community has grown into a national partnership program between the university and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI...

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  • Same Course, Different Outcomes: The Mysterious Case of Computerized Developmental Math in Tennessee

    By Maggie P. Fay   A few years ago, Tennessee math teachers faced a puzzle. Why was remedial math taught by computer successfully helping high school students get ready for college when the exact same course at the community college wasn’t working? Since 2012, the state of...

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  • Students First: Aligning Student Success Initiatives

    Author: Jeannie Brown Leonard   Change is hard in higher education. At George Mason University, a relatively young, large, diverse, and decentralized institution, we joke that our campus navigational systems were built for a canoe, and they are less effective now that we are an aircraft...

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  • Leading Academic Transformation in Real Time

    A roomful of higher education leaders and faculty were gathered around tables. The space was abuzz with conversations, which continued at a quick pace, as all involved participated with a palpable sense of urgency. They were being timed. Like hackathons that have been popularized in startup...

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  • Outside the Boundaries: Exploring Virtual and Augmented Reality in Learning

    Virtual reality, like rock n’ roll, is not something that can be described well. It must be experienced in order to be fully appreciated and understood. Interestingly, it has been catching on among educators. Since 2013, Emory Craig, Director of eLearning at the College of New Rochelle, and...

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  • Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning: The Quest for Authenticity

    By Nicole Schmidt In one of his more philosophical ponderings, David D. Thornburg crafts the metaphor of digital social platforms as campfires, places where humans gather to socialize, to teach, and to connect with others. This symbolism lends itself to a discussion of human nature, and...

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  • Can Making College Completion Paths More Personalized Increase Student Success?

    By: Ana Borray and Nancy Millichap Advances in technology have made personalization easier. Our online shopping experiences are personalized. Our email clients are personalized. Our social media news feeds are personalized. The same is true in some aspects of higher education. Within post-...

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  • What Does “College Ready” Mean?

    Author: Cory Tressler When you think about a high school student being college ready, what do you think about? Perhaps a list of their completed courses, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and participation in athletics or clubs come to mind as important aspects of college readiness? Let’s dig a...

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  • The Liberal Arts: Always a Story to Tell

    By Lucy Langworthy Our story began in the summer of 2014. That summer, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) embarked upon two monumental tasks: the hiring of 47 fulltime college advisors and the adoption of data analytics software (the Student Success Collaborative – SSC). The reason: to...

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  • Some of These Things are Not Like the Others: CBE in Higher Ed and K12

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks on January 23, 2017. This is the beginning of a four-part reflection on the relationship between competency-based education in institutions of higher education and K12. To distinguish between the two sectors, IHE-CBE and...

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